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Nets Can't Hold On, Lose to Mavs on Nowitzki Jumper with :06 Left

The Nets still haven't won three straight games since February of 2009. This time, they came just six seconds short of that elusive third straight win, falling to the Mavs, 87-86, at the Prudential Center on Saturday.

The Nets led by as many as nine in the first half. The game was tied at the end of the third quarter, but Dallas scored the first seven points of the fourth. The Nets came back and took the lead in the final minutes, but Dirk Nowitzki put Dallas back up one with a jumper with six seconds left and the Nets couldn't get a shot off.

Mikhail Prokhorov watched from the owners' box at "The Rock", then shortly after 11 p.m., headed back to Moscow.  It was only the second loss Prokhorov has witnessed.

Dallas shot just 35 percent from the field, but they outscored the Nets 27-17 at the free throw line. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 24 points, but also had six turnovers. Devin Harris finished with 15 points and 11 assists and Kris Humphries grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. A win would have permitted the Nets to exceed last year's win total of 12.

The game was a star-studded affair with Prokhorov, fellow billionaire Marc Cuban, Kim Kardashian and Snooki all on hand. Prokhorov and Cuban met in the owner's suite at the half, with the Dallas owner giving Prokhorov the highest compliment he could muster: "He's ballsy, he's smart, he does it his way and doesn't give a [expletive] what other people think and doesn't mind [expletive] with people." From that language, sounds he talked to Snooki too.